Fae Flash Fiction: Catkin


Early one spring, a wood elf named Jake darted here and there with warming sparkles. He nearly got caught by two humans and a beagle. The beagle spotted him, gave chase and barked. Jake flew up into a tall shrub.

Before the humans even turned their heads, quick as a wink, he swirled his dandelion coat in tight and held to the pussy willow branch. Just another catkin, hiding in plain sight. Which one is the bud and which the wood elf?

Only the beagle knows. Jake wiggled the branch when the humans passed by, and dropped some raindrops onto the waiting beagle’s nose. He hid again, and then peeked at the wagging tail of the beagle, happily walking away, christened by the wood elf. Jake grinned, then merrily went back to warming forsythia buds and catkins.

Copyright 2014 Brenda Davis Harsham

39 thoughts on “Fae Flash Fiction: Catkin

    • Thanks! That was the most in focus I’ve ever managed to get a catkin, and it was probably due to the raindrops… I wish I had a better camera. I love your photos! Cheers, Brenda


  1. You are definitely a wonderful ‘spinner’ of tales, Brenda! I like the idea of the beagle’s nose getting sprinkled on by a wood elf! I am so glad you shared in your comments, what a ‘catkin’ was! Smiles, Robin


    • Thanks, Robin! I thought people would like the shorter stories better than the longer fairy tales I published last year. I thought I would try to publish the longer ones in book form, because I prefer reading them that way, too. 🙂 I’m hoping to tell a continuing tale with my flash fiction, over time. You have been doing a lot of research on your end! I’ve enjoyed reading at your site! Hugs, Brenda


  2. Delightful piece, pussy willows can be eye catching for such a simple shrub.
    Brenda, I wonder would you buy a book online for a 6 yr old or do you prefer to buy in a bookshop? The Ogre’s illustrated book is getting close to being finished and we are debating which route to go. Your answer and expertise would be appreciated. Thank you.


    • My daughter doesn’t have her own kindle. I have bought a few books on my kindle for her to look at, but we have hundreds of print books. Of course, we started collecting them before kindles were commonplace. I still prefer to read to her out of bound books. I am hoping to be a picture book traditionally published myself, but the process is slow and maddening. Good luck and sounds great! Warmly, Brenda


  3. A mischievous elf having fun with the beagle. And warming the buds for spring. I love it! And I’m trying to picture how that dandelion coat looks. If I had drawing ability I would give it a whirl!


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